Post by Danielle, Creative Director at The Land of Nod
That time my 1980s charm necklace became kids room decor.
To say I’m excited about the resurgence of 80s design is an understatement. The bold colors, bubble letters and outrageous motifs are the stuff of my childhood. From Trapper Keepers and puffy stickers, to charm necklaces and banana seats, it’s all embedded into my memories of being a kid. And, maybe it’s just because of that nostalgia, but I really think there’s no better decade to celebrate the fun of being a child. I mean, some of this stuff is just plain nonsense, and what kid doesn’t love a little nonsense now and again?
You might be thinking, “Look I loved my 80s childhood, too, but I’m not covering my house in that craziness.” Or even, “Oh, I wasn’t even alive in the 80s, much less sporting an Aqua-net lacquered hairdo, so no nostalgia here.” To that I say, CUT. IT. OUT. (Cue Uncle Joey hand gestures).
Here are a few of my fav 80s inspired décor pieces, and some tips on working them into your home.
First, our Team Spirit Pennants, designed by Will Bryant. These playful pennants make a great addition to a kids bedroom or playroom. They’re the perfect element to mix into a gallery wall to breakup the monotony of rectangular frames. They also look great grouped together.
Palm Tree Nightlight / Flamingo Nightlight / Banana Nightlight
Next, our Paradise Nightlights. These neon acrylic nightlights are the perfect way to add just a little punch to your space. They’re a small accent piece, that won’t overpower the room, but will add whimsy and a pop of color. I especially love adding touched of neon to bright white spaces. Neons are often unexpected in décor and add contrast that keeps a space looking layered and interesting.
I love this sketchbook table lamp, because it’s the type of décor element you might not notice on a first glimpse of a room because of its quite palette. But layered into a space it adds whit and humor. It’s the type of item that would make someone say, “Your house is so fun!” And, I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty much the best compliment I can get when it comes to my home’s décor. To keep the lamp on the understated side, pair it with a white shade. Or coordinate it back to your décor with a colored Light Years Shade to make it your own.
These Great Pyramid Wall Hooks add a great pop to any space. I love them lined up to hold dress up in a playroom, or by a back door to hold your purse and the dog’s leash. They reference mixes of poppy colors and patterns that were prevalent in the 80s, but the colors have been updated to tones that are prevalent in modern design. Aside from being functional hooks, they’re also art unto themselves. I would definitely consider adding a grouping of them, or even a single one to a gallery wall, to add texture and interest.
Last, but definitely no least, one of my favorite items from our new Spring Collection. Our Highlight Hamper was designed by the rad ladies at Ampersand Design Studio. The painterly black brushstrokes on the white ground make this hamper super sophisticated. But, paired with the neon orange metal base, it becomes playful at the same time. I’m considering buying 3 of these for my own home. One for a hamper for my 8 year old son, whose bedroom is light grey with lots of neutral tones and pops of bright color throughout. One for my own bedroom, which is designed to be a bit more artful and romantic. I think the black and white would add a great modern touch. And, one for our playroom to hold dress up clothes. It’ll look great with our Jelly Bean Rug. This hamper is so versatile, and just plain awesome!
I hope I’ve inspired you to have some fun with your décor. I really believe that a home should be a reflection of the family that lives there, so go for it! Have fun, create a home that makes you smile!
Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.